Recruitment: Ebonyi govt conducts audit of teachers

A teacher with pupils in a classroom (File Photo)

Ebonyi State government has begun the massive auditing of teachers in the state’s education sector to create opportunity for younger teachers to be employed.

The State Commissioner for Education, DrOnyebuchi Chima, disclosed this to newsmen in Abakaliki where he stated that the auditing was geared to fish out all the retired, dead and resigned teachers that are still receiving salaries.

Chima who decried fraudulent activities amongst civil servants in the ministry, said the activities have made it difficult for the state to engage new graduates to fill vacant positions in the school system.

According to him, “yes, the processes of employing teachers is what we have begun. The Ebonyi State Government is currently doing teachers auditing. This is to create ways for the younger generation with better ways of teaching with new-age technologies to come in and you can’t bring them into the system when the old ones refused to go.

“For you to increase the workforce. The revenue has to be increased, for you to replace teachers or anybody working in the system, the ones that retired must leave. The ones that resigned must leave, not when you resign, you resign on paper but in the system, you have not resigned.

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“A situation where your brother and sister graduated five years ago, the government could have employed them and posted them in our various schools especially in the hinterlands and these young ones are ready to go any, unlike the aged ones.

“Anytime a budget is made, they do budget not because the budget is there. You do budget in expectation of money, you work toward the budget based on the amount of money you get but there are basic things the government must do whether they’ve got the money or not, the government must pay workers their salaries, And the government of Ebonyi State has been paying teachers regularly whether the funding of the state dwindles, a responsible government should first ensure that the workforce is paid and that is what the governor has been doing.”

He frowned at a situation where a civil servant would go to his brother that is working in the system to take away his/her resignation letter, yet they would say the worker had resigned when the person was still receiving monthly salary as a staff.

“The state government has begun a process where they are engaged in massive auditing; where the auditor general of the state, local government are involved, the head of the service is involved, the accountant general, commissioner for finance and the commissioner for education are all involved in this exercise,” he said.

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However, the commissioner also noted that the state government has also launched the commencement of the maiden edition of schools sports competition across the state tagged “Governor David Nweze Umahi School Sports.”

The commissioner and his counterpart of the Sports and Youth Development Ministry, Charles Akpuenika, unveiled the programmes during an expanded meeting of education stakeholders in Abakaliki, which also incorporated a press conference.

He also announced the commencement of the Schools Quiz competition across all educational levels in the State. He added that the innovations were part of the outcome of the recent #EndSARS youth Summit held in the State.

Chima stressed that the essence of the debate and quiz introductions were to further equip the children academically, improve their art of public speaking and as well, engage them to contribute to governance while he said that the sporting activities would help to harness and harvest talents from the schools which would form the bedrock for sports development in the state.

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